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Skylights

Skylights are a great way to brighten up a room with additional natural light, but they can quickly turn into a major nuisance if they begin leaking water on your hardwood floors. Using a reputable and experienced roofing contractor to install your skylights is the best way to ensure they enhance your home rather than damaging it.

Skylight Installation and your Home

Skylights come in many shapes, sizes, and price ranges, but the one quality they all share is that they can leak if not installed correctly. Skylights are installed on the slope of your roof and are subject to water running over and around them during heavy rainstorms. If you live in a northern state, your skylights may also have snow piled over them for several months each winter. An experienced roofing contractor can install and properly flash your skylights so you can enjoy them and not have to worry about grabbing a mop every time it rains.

If you already have skylights and suspect they may have some problems, a roofing contractor can do an inspection to determine whether the issues can be corrected or you might be better off with replacements. A few signs that may indicate your skylights need some attention:

  • Constant condensation on the lens
  • Inoperable shades
  • Lens cracks
  • Staining in adjacent drywall

Even if your skylights have never given you an ounce of trouble, it can be a good idea to have them inspected by a roofing contractor on an annual basis; many times small issues that are apparent on your roof can be caught before they turn into major problems inside your home. If you find yourself in the market for new skylights, be sure to consider the latest offerings such as remote control operation for ventilation and Low-E Glass coatings that allow sunlight in, but limit its heat.

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